Rail & Intermodal

There are seven Class I railroads in the U.S. that haul the largest share of domestic and international goods: BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad in the West, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern in the East, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Railway. Along with regional short line carriers, these railroads haul a variety of bulk and retail goods, from coal and grain to consumer goods.

Intermodal transportation by rail is on the agenda at the JOC’s inaugural Inland Distribution Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 18-19, 2013. Learn more about the conference.

News & Analysis

16 Apr 2014
U.S. rail traffic is returning to normal after one of the coldest winters in recent memory, Bradley Thrasher, vice president and general manager of industrial products at the Union Pacific Railroad, told the Los Angeles Transportation Club April 15.
23 Mar 2014
The union representing about 3,000 conductors and train and railyard workers at Canadian National Railway agreed late yesterday to restart labor contract negotiations with the railroad and accept final and binding arbitration if a deal can’t be reached.
CN locomotives
21 Mar 2014
The union representing about 3,000 conductors and train and railyard workers at Canadian National Railway could strike as soon as March 22 after rejecting a tentative agreement yesterday.
21 Mar 2014
A continued truck strike at Port Metro Vancouver could cost the major Canadian freight railroads intermodal business and
Monterrey, Mexico
19 Mar 2014
The inland port of Monterrey, Mexico, is attracting new shippers, and new customs legislation will allow existing and future tenants to more easily tap foreign trade zone benefits.
18 Mar 2014
Canadian National Railway CEO and President Claude Mongeau tells the JOC's 2014 TPM conference in Long Beach that the railroad is looking to build more resiliency into its network as it grapples with delays caused by the severest winter in decades.
Cargo train platform at sunset with container.
17 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — A new study suggesting U.S. freight railcar premiums have soared in recent years...
DHL Boeing 757
14 Mar 2014
The world’s largest transportation and logistics company is getting larger as demand for e-commerce, time definite international express delivery and supply chain services drives up revenue and profit at Deutsche Post DHL.
Containers at Port Metro Vancouver
14 Mar 2014
Canadian National Railway today obtained an injunction against striking union and non-union truck groups that will prevent their drivers from blocking access...
Kansas City Southern de México
14 Mar 2014
Change is coming to the Mexican freight rail industry, but it’s too soon to determine whether the push for reform will lead to a major overhaul or something much more moderate.
13 Mar 2014
Orbcomm, a global wireless asset-tracking company, has acquired Euroscan, expanding its product line and ability to track refrigerated containers and trailers worldwide.

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Commentary

Despite the economic uncertainty the U.S. has experienced since 2008, domestic intermodal traffic in North America is growing robustly. Overall year-over-year volume growth through August 2013 was a healthy 6.8 percent. Domestic containers continue to see conversion from trailers in rail service — growing 9.7 percent, while trailer volumes shrank 2.9 percent, according to the Intermodal Association of North America, Yusen Logistics estimates and TTX fleet size data.